As the number one table tennis citizen in Africa as well as a passionate Egyptian table tennis fan, Khaled El-Salhy is abreast of event in the continent and with what has been happening in Africa in recent, the President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) in indeed a happy man.

With the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open holding next month, the ATTF boss believes the new ultra modern hall named 6 October in Giza would surely fascinate the participating players who will be coming to Egypt for the ITTF WJC.

“Playing in a brand new venue “6 October” in Giza – Egypt quite closer to the Pyramids which will add some special taste to the event, and I am expecting bigger number of entries,” he said.

El-Salhy admits that this event would serve as a platform to unearth new stars for the continent.
“This kind of ITTF sanctioned event for sure is the main factory to build up our African players and to present them to the World scene. I have to thank the African countries hosting such events this year (Nigeria WT, Tunisia JC, Mauritius JC & now Egypt JC) while in the previous years we had also Morocco WT & Algeria JC,” he added.

Like a man who is the know of things happening in Africa, he said: “Till now, I know that Nigeria and the host – Egypt already sent entries, I am expecting more entries from the northern part (Libya, Tunisia & Algeria) plus possible entries from Congo Brazzaville & Angola. Also, as I said Egypt and Nigeria could do some good exposure, and I am putting eyes for Youssef Abdel-Aziz (EGY) in Cadet Boys & Esther Oribamise (NGR) in Cadet Girls.”
As an ITTF-supported event, El-Salhy de-emphasised the role of ATTF, saying, “As this is a standalone JC event with no African title one, thus no direct support through financial contribution to the host plus providing ATTF rates for all African participants, while as per the agreement between ITTF/ATTF, the host of JC events are entitled to receive Development activities under the umbrella of ITTF. This year Egypt will receive a special practice camp in the week prior to the event with an ITTF expert to be announced on time, meanwhile there will also be an ITTF expert from the Umpires & Referees Committee to do evaluation for International umpires (for Blue Badge) and to conduct ARE exam for whom would need to join International Referee School.

On the level of preparation by the host, he said: “The main players are in practice camp in Cairo in the new special training center for Table Tennis established by the Ministry of Sports to ETTF recently, while I understand that most of the players are now doing their end of year exams as well.